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Dodge-Plymouth Neon Transmission/Suspension

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  • solesole Posts: 1
    what is the best way to get fluid out od radiator cooler.
  • planetmfplanetmf Posts: 5
    Hello All. I've got a 2000 Neon and I'm wondering if anyone can clue me in as to what I've got here with a kinda dangerous problem. It seems as though whenever I have to stop abruptly for whatever reason my car will not move after that. I have to sit there for a minute or two or shut it off and try again. None of the gears do anything for a minute or two and then it's fine. Happened this morning at red light that I should have just gone through. It's an automatic. A tad scary.
  • belle10belle10 Posts: 1
    Honey at least you are stopped when it happens to you. Try going down the interstate at 65 miles per hour and it happen! Thats more than a tad bit scarey. I have a 2005 neon that I bought brand new and the problem started almost immediately. Driving down the road, car just stops, engine still running, motor wont even rev up. Just have to sit there until it decides time to go. I have had it to several different dealers and they cant seem to get it to duplicate what I am telling them. Matter of fact it is in the shop now. It has 6000 miles left on the warrenty so I told them to keep it until they figure out what the problem is or else. This state has a lemon law and I think that is exactly what I have! And u are right we have a very dangerous problem and I am not gonna stop until it is fixed! :mad: You be careful :)
  • totkentotken Posts: 2
    Good evening,
    My stepdaughter has a 2000 Plymouth Neon. We have had a lot of problems with this vehicle and apparently a lot of other folks have too. We just had the radiator repaired and 2 days after getting the car out of the shop and $750 in repairs done on the vehicle, the car came to a dead stop and all of the transmission fluid poured out. We took it to the same mechanic who had just done a full tune-up and repair and he claimed the transmission needed to be repaired. Is this common for this particular vehicle and does anyone have any suggestions on what to do. The car has 100,000 miles on it now.

    Thank you,
    Tim
  • I have a 1996 neon and my tranny went out, if anyone has one let me know chevysilveradogirl99@yahoo.com
  • gaminocorpgaminocorp Posts: 2
    it will take you a day if you have the right parts, its very easy.Its not as hard as people may say it is
  • gaminocorpgaminocorp Posts: 2
    What kind of head kind i swap into a 95 Dodge Neon Sport SOHC. Should i just do a DOHC?(or) I herd that you can get a Stratus DOHC on it, i belive its 2.4, is that true (gaminocorp@aol.com)
  • carman_88carman_88 Posts: 1
    well is see that you posted this quit some time ago but i thought i would try and help you out incase you haven't solved the problem yet. i would go with what your mechanic said and get the alternator tested at autzone or advanced auto. if it is fine, have your mechanic check the wires, see if any are loose or corroded. if not, try getting a new battery. if it is none of them then the only thing i can suggest is getting a used, rebuilt tranny (they're not as expensive and not all that hard to replace) or sell the car. those obviously aren't your only choices, but thats all i really know about that type of thing and i am no professional mechanic by any means. good luck if you haven't gotten it fixed yet.
  • atlrep234atlrep234 Posts: 2
    My wife owns a 2001 Dodge Neon with an automatic transmission that has now gone bad. She drove over a piece of pipe in the street and put a hole in the bellhousing. I am trying to find a replacement for the car at a really reasonable price. Either the bellhousing or a used transmission. Does anyone have any leads on a good place to start loking?
  • i bought my 05 srt 4 and with in two day the tranny blow out. the previous owner need change the tranny fluid. which has a 18000 mile life span. the dealership is no help they only gave me 1k to fix. the shop bill is near 6k. i love the car and plan to keep. but she is really test the love if you know what i mean. :mad:
  • I know this is an old thread, but I saw your post and felt compelled to reply. I don't want someone else to go through all the trouble I'm currently going through! My radiator actually failed a few weeks ago, and I had it immediately replaced. My transmission and radiator received a double flush as well.

    Much to my dismay, my radiator failed AGAIN last week. I contacted Dodge who basically told me Neon radiators are known to be defective, and Dodge claims no responsibility for this. My transmission is probably on its last leg now due to the 2nd radiator failure. Despite my transmission being covered under warranty, Dodge will not fix my transmission if it bites the dust due to radiator issues, even though they admit their defective radiator is to blame!

    Right now I'm in the process of having my radiator replaced again along with having everything flushed again. A Dodge rep actually told me there's a 50/50 chance everything will keep on failing, but replacing the transmission "might" fix the problem... the same transmission that's supposed to be under warranty for another 15,000 miles. Dodge won't chip in at all on the repairs or do anything to remedy the situation.

    Despite taking great care of my Neon, it's been nothing but costly repairs for the past couple years, and it's broken down 3 times(!!!) in the past 6 months alone. This is not normal behavior for a car that's 5 years old with less than 55,000 miles on it. I've always kept my oil changed, I don't drive like a maniac, and I don't even drive my car every day... usually just a few times a week, if that. I certainly didn't expect luxury class performance from my Neon when I bought it years ago as a college student on a tight budget, but I did expect it to safely get me from point A to point B without costly repairs every stinking year.

    As a result of this ordeal, I'm planning on trading my Neon in immediately after this round of repair work is complete. I want to get rid of it before the transmission fails (and likely the radiator too for the 3rd time). There is no way am I investing that much money into such a problematic and unreliable vehicle when I can invest it in a brand new vehicle from a better manufacturer!

    I would NEVER buy another Dodge vehicle again, based on the poor quality of both their merchandise and customer service. It's simply unacceptable! If this is how other American auto manufacturers conduct their business, it's no wonder the American auto industry is failing.

    Do yourselves a big favor and trade in your Neons for safer, more reliable cars once you start experiencing radiator and transmission problems. And don't buy a used one just because they're inexpensive and have good gas mileage, unless you don't mind the very likely chance of spending thousands on repairs. Maybe you'll be luckier than I was, but I've come across dozens of other people on the Internet who've had the same outcome as me or who've ended up much worse. Even Dodge will admit their product is crap. The fact they stopped making Neons 3 years ago says it all.

    P.S. Tim, Neons are also known to have brake-related and electrical problems. I've never had any electrical problems (thank God!), but I've had my brakes serviced twice in the past year alone. I'm convinced my Neon is the spawn of Satan. =P
  • I AGREE WITH PAT, BUT MAYBE THE HONDA GUY SHOULD STICK TO THE HONDA FORUM'S NOT THE NEON ONES. AFTER ALL ISN'T THIS TO HELP ONE ANOTHER ON OUR DODGE'S. :P
  • I AM SORRY YOU HAD SUCH A BAD EXPERIENCE WITH YOUR NEON, IF ANY HELP USE A SEPERATE COOLER FOR YOUR TRANS, I CHANGE TO A SEPERATE ONE AND A SEPERATE OIL COOLER AND MY 2.0 RUNS GREAT, YOUR APPLICATION ON YOU CAR IS DIFFERENT THAN WHAT I HAVE OR AM DOING TO MINE, THE ONLY REAL GOOD THING OTHER THAN MY MPG IS THAT MOST PARTS ARE CHEAP, WHEN NOT GOING THROUGH DODGE OF COURSE AND YOU CAN BUILD A REALLY GOOD DEPENDABLE CAR OUT OF THEM, IF IT IS PAID FOR AND YOU LIKE WORKING ON THEM YOUR SELF.
  • UNFORTUNATELY THE GEARS ARE PLASTIC, IF ANYONE KNOWS HOW TO GET A BETTER TRANY PLEASE LET ME KNOW.
  • fuze59fuze59 Posts: 4
    Hi guys,
    Ive noticed a lot of you talking about having to change your transmission.. what symptoms did you notice that were tell tail signs your tranny was going??

    At the moment when I accelerate I hear a whining noise. The same noise as when you reverse fast or up a hill. The faster I go the higher pitch the whine. Do you think this is wheel bearings or tranny??

    Just got my 2001 neon last week with 147k on it.. fingers crossed its not a bad car :S Already having to put half a liter of oil in everytime i fuel up.. engine light is now on.. when starts cold makes some funky noises and does this wierd rev on rev off things.. but anyways.. any help or advice with the whining would be great.

    Cheers, Reece.
  • hey dan,
    well bad new, i have same car n year 2005 dodge neon sxt
    same problem including rpm jumping gear o stay stuck on one gear mayb 2gear since the car is computerized its tried to adjust but i the same time i could serious damage ur trans like mines dont wait long jus got my car fix bad new it cost me 1000$$ to rebuild good new now runs good no problem the problem was bad transmission converter torque all all dodge chrys- transmission die after 55,000 miles have it check most places r free avoid having this code P0700 Transmission Control System Malfunction
  • andres3andres3 CAPosts: 5,325
    I hate it when I'm always right, but I think the Neon is the single biggest reason Chrysler went bankrupt.
  • I had the same problem for a while.. then the car would run fine for about 10 minutes then the whole transmissions would just go out, as if the car was in neutral in every gear. I pulled the tranny out and opened it up. The clutches looked good, the pump looked ok, so the only thing I could think it could be was the torque converter. So I bought a new one for $89. I'm about to put it on and see if that was the problem. I'll let you know then you will know what needs to be fixed on your car. Unless you've already had it fixed. If so let me know what it was. Thanks.
  • fuze59fuze59 Posts: 4
    Thanks keep me posted.

    Another problem which recently started is the internal electrics. Every once in a while (happening a lot more frequently now) all the dash lights will illuminate and/or all shut off. The speedometer and fuel gauges also just stop and drop back to the off position. I notice this happens to when i toggle the indicator or toggle between normal and hi setting headlights when driving at nights. Time to move this car on
  • i have a 2002 dodge neon with automatic tranny. The transmission went out with no warning whatsoever. When the car is running, i hear clicking or tapping noises coming from the bell housing. i was told that if i replace the tranny with a used one, it has to be a 2002 only because they are calibrated differently. I did some more asking around and was told i could use any tranny from a 2000 and up neon, but will have to switch the computer with one from the donor car. Any ideas?
  • hello ther good morning good day good evening all
    someone pls pls pls help i have a dodge neon 2004 AUT in venezuela
    and for a few months have had the car sidelined due to a "electrical prob"
    the gearbox won't change (its in second gear) and the mopar scanners detect
    a flaw with the 2-4 solenoid circuit. so we changed the solenoide body completly
    and still nothing! so i took the central (and only) computer to a specialist and they say the computer has no damage or flaws.so they checked the continuity of the cabling from the gearbox to the compu and all other cables and supposedly
    no flaws there either! so everyone says its one thing and it never is now there saying again its the compu! someone with dodge experience pls pls help

    gracias saludos!
  • Has any one came across this problem, New Radiator, thermostat, and the water looks like you could drink it and still no heat, has anyone had this issue? The only thing I haven't done is reverse the heater hoses to see if maybe the heater core might just be clogged.
  • gumbta2gumbta2 Posts: 7
    I have a 2000 Neon that will not shift from 2nd to third. Change fluid/filter and no change. Shift from 1 to 2 is fine and 2 back to 1, just no third? Anybody out there with any thoughts?
  • This is the first time I am posting, so please forgive me if I am repeating something! I have a 200 Plymouth Neon that is in desperate need for a new suspension. I know that I have struts, but beyond that...I don't know anything else! Can anyone give me any sugestions as to what parts I need to replace/buy to do this job? I teach at a school that has an auto-mechanics program...if I bring in the parts, they will do the job!
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,624
    Struts and strut mounts take care of the bouncy-bouncy part, but if you are having problems with directional stability during cornering, or very irregular tire wear, you should inspect things like control arm bushings and sway bar bushings as well, front and rear if so equipped.

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  • sherkingerysherkingery Posts: 1
    edited January 2012
    I just bought this car from a 87 yr old little lady that is a close friend of the family. The car has only 15,000 miles and I got it for $500. She obviously hardly drove it!! I have had it for 2weeks and I have had to replace the fuel filter and now the fuel pump. I'm reading all the reviews and they are all the same problems with these cars. So now I'm wondering if I should keep the car or just trade it in?? Before I put more miles on it and have to dump more $$$$ in it. What is everybodies input on this???
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,624
    Well I wouldn't give up on it quite so soon. Any 15 year old car might give you some trouble. But I wouldn't invest a LOT of money in this car. First big thing, bail out.

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